IGFA Offshore Championship
2008 & 2009


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For several years (2008 -2009) this was their official website for the IGFA Offshore World Championship
Content is from the site's 2008 - 2009 archived pages as well as other outside sources providing a nostalgic look back at these two tournaments.

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IGFA Offshore World Championship 2009

IGFA Offshore World Championship scheduled for May 10-15, 2009, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  Cabo San Lucas is coined the “Marlin Capital of the World.” Your hosts are the crew at MarlinSport Fishing and Salt Water Sportsman magazines, and the main benefactor is the IGFA.

The winners receive an outstanding prize package, including a beautiful Bodo Muche trophy. The greatest prize of the tournament is the distinction of being crowned the IGFA Offshore World Champion!

 

IGFA Offshore World Championship RESCHEDULED

Dear IGFA Offshore World Championship anglers, guests and sponsors:

After due consideration of the escalating swine-flu epidemic, it is with great regret that we must inform you of our decision to reschedule the tournament. I know all of you are as disappointed as we are, but the safety of our participants and staff must come first. Our hearts and prayers go out to the citizens of Mexico who will be most affected by this virus. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy and that the epidemic passes quickly.

The good news is we are rescheduling the championship. The new dates for the tournament are Nov. 8-13, 2009. These dates put the championship in the heart of Cabo's fall run of striped, blue and black marlin as well as giant dorado, tuna and wahoo. We hope this week works into your schedule and that you will be able to attend our 10th-anniversary event.

Our host hotel, the Finisterra, is ready to make reservation changes, and most of the airlines are not charging change fees. We have a fantastic lineup of fun events and an incredible amount of gifts and awards for the participants. Should you not be able to attend, please contact assistant tournament director Lynda Wilson at lynda.wilson@bonniercorp.com.

Good fishing and best wishes,
Dan Jacobs
Tournament Producer/Director

Welcome to the IGFA Offshore World Championship website. We sincerely thank you for visiting. Here, you will find information on the qualifying events and the Offshore World Championship scheduled for May 10-15, 2009, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.    

The qualifying events represent the most diverse group of offshore international fishing tournaments ever assembled. As a qualifying event, you receive many amenities, including affiliation with the world’s largest international fishing series. Each qualifying event can provide tournament information, forms, photography, press releases and a video on this website. If you are a tournament director and want to join the series or an avid angler looking for a great event to fish, please check out the Qualifying Events section. We would also encourage the participants of the qualifying events to communicate and share their experiences on our forums page.

Winners of a qualifying event will receive an invitation to compete in the IGFA Offshore World Championship! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so we hope all the winners can attend. The IGFA Offshore World Championship provides a fun, first-class competition for the world’s best anglers. You will find yourself competing against hundreds of other anglers from as many as 30 different countries. The rich waters off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, provide the playground for the week. The winners receive an outstanding prize package, including a beautiful Bodo Muche trophy. The greatest prize of the tournament is the distinction of being crowned the IGFA Offshore World Champion! Cabo San Lucas is coined the “Marlin Capital of the World.” Your hosts are the crew at MarlinSport Fishing and Salt Water Sportsman magazines, and the main benefactor is the IGFA. Your participation is greatly appreciated and helps the IGFA continue their education, conservation and world-record-keeping initiatives. For more information, visit the Championship section of the website.

Thank you again for visiting. Good fishing. 

All the best,
Dan Jacobs
Tournament Producer

 



 

IGFA QUALIFYING EVENT BENEFIT PROGRAMS 2009

As an IGFA Offshore World Championship qualifying event, your tournament will receive the following benefits:

  • Qualifying events will be given access to the IGFA Offshore World Championship website and be able to download their tournament rules, awards, schedule, press releases, photography and video.
  • Qualifying events will be listed in the tournament calendar of the IGFA Offshore World Championship Tournament magazine. Ten thousand copies will be distributed.
  • Qualifying events will be listed in the tournament calendar of the IGFA International Angler newsletter. Twenty thousand copies are distributed to its members.
  • Qualifying events will be listed on the International Game Fishing Association’s website.
  • Qualifying events will be allowed to use the IGFA Offshore World Championship logo in all promotional materials.
  • Qualifying events will receive an IGFA Offshore World Championship banner identifying your tournament as a qualifying event.
  • Qualifying events will receive the IGFA Offshore World Championship magazine to distribute to their participants.
  • A special section of International Game Fishing Association’s website (www.igfa.org) will be dedicated to the series championship and post tournament news releases on qualifying event results. (Note: Qualifying events must provide the press release and photos.)
  • Qualifying events will receive a one-year subscription to Marlin, Sport Fishing and Salt Water Sportsman magazines in print (within U.S.) or digital format (outside U.S.) to award to participants at your discretion.
  • Qualifying event winners will receive an invitation to compete in the IGFA Offshore World Championship.

Upon your acceptance, the obligations of your tournament will be:
All qualifying events pay a base $400 annual tournament registration fee. Qualifying events also have the option of upgrading their program to include advertising in the IGFA Offshore World Championship magazine.

  • $700 -benefits plus a quarter-page color ad in the Championship magazine
  • $800 -benefits plus a half-page color ad in the Championship magazine
  • $1,000 -benefits plus a full-page color ad in the Championship magazine

Your tournament shipment will be sent prior to your tournament date and will include an IGFA Offshore World Championship Qualifying Event banner; an invitation package to the IFGA Offshore World Championship to present to the winner; a one-year subscription to Marlin, Sport Fishing and Salt Water Sportsman magazines in print (within U.S.) or digital format (outside U.S.) to award to participants at your discretion; and IGFA Offshore World Championship magazines for your participants. Your tournament is required to distribute one Championship magazine to each participating team and display the qualifying event banner.

If you agree to these terms, please confirm by submitting the registration fee payable to BONNIER CORPORATION c/o IGFA OFFSHORE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, 460 N. Orlando Ave., Suite 200, Winter Park, FL 32789, along with the completed Indication of Interest form. Your shipment will be mailed prior to your tournament date upon receipt of your registration fee.

Payment By Mail
Personal or Corporate checks must be drawn on a U.S. bank and payable in U.S. currency. Payments by mail must be received at least thirty days prior to the event dates.
Payments by Credit card or Wire Transfer
For information contact Lynda Wilson - 407-571-4517 or email Lynda.wilson@bonniercorp.com.

Upon conclusion of the tournament, please complete the Highlights & Recap form. E-mail
lynda.wilson@bonniercorp.com; fax: 407-637-3531. This information will be posted to the dedicated championship website.

It would be our pleasure for your tournament to join us as an IGFA Offshore World Championship qualifying event. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Lynda Wilson, assistant tournament director, at 407-571-4517 or by e-mail at lynda.wilson@bonniercorp.com

The tournament committee reserves the right to accept/deny a team entry into the championship.

 



 

10th Annual IGFA Offshore World Championship Officially Underway

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — The 10th anniversary edition of the IGFA Offshore World Championship kicked off in beautiful Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with 43 teams from 19 countries hoping to claim the coveted title of World Champions.

          The all-release billfish tournament represents the largest international field of competitors in the world of offshore sport fishing. To qualify for the Offshore World Championship teams must first win one of 120 qualifying tournaments held around the globe. With such a wide international field of competitors, the Offshore World Championship has earned the title of the “Olympics” of offshore fishing.

          Teams traveled to Mexico from as far away as Australia, South Africa, Tasmania, Papua New Guinea, Italy, Brazil, the Caribbean and throughout the United States. As the teams made it to Cabo, the weather looked prime for fishing with calm seas and ideal water temperatures for striped marlin action. Festivities began with a captain’s meeting at Cabo’s popular Squid Roe bar and restaurant. Cabo San Lucas is home to one of the world’s largest, highly skilled charter fleets and the cream of the crop signed up to guide anglers in the IGFA Offshore World Championship. The captains all got together on Saturday evening to receive their official tournament bags and partake in the event’s official briefing to go over the rules and prepare for a smooth event.

          As the teams began to descend on Cabo and check into Hotel Finisterra, the official tournament hotel and headquarters, they were treated to a welcome reception, tournament retail store and a wide range opening-day kickoff activities including bait casting seminars, a rules meeting and boat draw. Teams then showed off their skills in a casting competition, sponsored by Accurate Reels and mingled with their competition. Steve Levi from the team representing the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club’s Labor Day Tournament walked off as the casting champ and won a brand new Accurate rod-and-reel package.

          Once the sun began to set over beautiful Lands End, the official kickoff party got underway in the open-air Finisterra palapa overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Sponsored by the Los Cabos Visitor and Convention Bureau and the state of California Baja Sur, the banquet featured a massive buffet, cold Coronas and traditional Mexican dancers swaying to live music. The music, food and entertainment put everyone in a partying mood, but anglers retired early, with an early morning start and fast billfish action on the agenda. The mood of the event was high as anglers anticipated four days of great fishing in perfect conditions.

 



Schedule of Events

May 8  Friday

4:30 p.m.                                      Charter-captain meeting: El Squid Roe

May   9  Saturday

10:00 a.m.                            Tournament store opens at 10 a.m. — located in Hotel Finisterra lobby.

                                                        Team arrival and championship check-in — located in Hotel Finisterra lobby.

May 10  Sunday

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.                   Team registration — Hotel Finisterra.

10:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m.                   Retail store and sponsor exhibitors on display — Hotel Finisterra.

11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.                   Baitcasting seminar — Hotel Finisterra.

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.                   Optional spouse and guest activities sign-up.

5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.                     Rules briefing and boat draw — Hotel Finisterra.

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.                     Kickoff reception sponsored by Los Cabos Visitor & Convention Bureau — Hotel

                                                          Finisterra Palapa.

May 11  Monday

5:00 a.m.                                      Continental breakfast — Hotel Finisterra lobby.

5:30 a.m.-6:30 a.m.


Shuttle teams to API dock and load boats. (Guests wishing to see the kickoff start — a great photo opportunity — aboard the spectator boat.)

7:00 a.m.                                      Day One fishing begins.

3:00 p.m.                                      Lines out.

3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.                   Team check-in/weigh-in — API Dock.

3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.                   Corona refreshment tent at Señor Greenberg’s Mexicatessan.

May 12  Tuesday

5:00 a.m.                                    Continental breakfast — Hotel Finisterra lobby.

5:30 a.m.-6:30 am                   Shuttle teams to API Dock and load boats. 

7:00 a.m.                                    Day Two fishing begins.

7:30 a.m.                                    Optional half-day roosterfish tournament for guests and noncompeting

                                                      anglers — API Dock.

3:00 p.m.                                    Lines out.

3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.                 Team check-in/weigh-in — API Dock.

3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.                  Corona refreshment tent at Señor Greenberg’s Mexicatessan.

May 13  Wednesday

5:00 a.m.                                    Continental breakfast — Hotel Finisterra lobby.

5:30 a.m.-6:30 am                   Shuttle teams to API Dock and load boats. 

7:00 a.m.                                    Day Three fishing begins.

3:00 p.m.                                    Lines out.

3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.                 Team check-in/weigh-in — API Dock.

3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.                 Corona refreshment tent at Señor Greenberg’s Mexicatessan.

May 14  Thursday

5:00 a.m.                                   Continental breakfast — Hotel Finisterra lobby.

5:30 a.m.-6:30 am                   Shuttle teams to API Dock and load boats. 

7:00 a.m.                                   Day Four fishing begins.

10:00 a.m.                                Optional Three Bays Snorkeling & Kayaking Tour — Puerto Parisio dock.

3:00 p.m.                                   Lines out.

3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.                Team check-in/weigh-in — API Dock.

3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.                Corona refreshment tent at Señor Greenberg’s Mexicatessan.

6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.   

Awards buffet, including Dubious Achievement Award, Past Champions Awards, 
roosterfish tournament and live auction — Hotel Finisterra.

May 15  Friday

6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.           Gala awards dinner party — Hotel Finisterra poolside.

 

 



 

NEWS

Cabo Team Takes the IGFA Offshore World Championship Title on the Final Day of Fishing

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico -

Published: Nov 19, 2009 | BAJA REPORT | http://www.wonews.com

CABO SAN LUCAS, Baja California Sur - The team representing the World Championship Billfish Release Tournament found themselves in the right place at the right time on the final day of the 10th annual IGFA Offshore World Championship. The team scored an epic eight marlin releases on the last day of fishing and vaulted into the top spot overall.

"We were 12 to 14 miles away from Cabo on the Pacific side, but just one mile offshore when we spotted marlin feeding on bait on the surface," says team member Oscar Daccarett. "We caught two on ballyhoo and six on live baits."

Daccarett, a Cabo San Lucas local, is no stranger to tournament fishing and took home a second-place finish in the 2007 IGFA Offshore World Championship. For him, being a part of the Offshore World Championship team represents his largest accomplishment in offshore fishing, he says. "Winning the event is a dream come true. In my mind this is the most important tournament in the world. It's not about money; it's about fishing for the honor of being number one in the world."

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Amazingly, Daccarret and his team made up of other anglers also won the week before, scoring a 383-pound yellowfin, a Cabo record.

In the billfish event, Daccarett and his fellow teammates, including team captain Drew Andrews of Georgia and Hernando Gonzalez, Jobe Villanicencio and Javier Villanicencio, all of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, won the World Championship Billfish Release Tournament on Andrews' boat Get Over It to qualify for the IGFA Offshore World Championship.

Their local knowledge helped as they finished the event with 14 releases worth 4,200 points. Gonzalez caught 13 of the team's billfish to secure him the high-point angler award as well. For their first-place finish, the team won an armful of prizes, including the coveted trophies sculpted by Australian artist Bodo Muche, championship rings crafted by Mark Lloyd of Vanmark Jewelry, Reactor diamond championship watches, Guy Harvey giclee prints of the painting Cabo Blue, a full set of embroidered championship Hook & Tackle apparel, Fin-Nor rod-and-reel combos, Costa Del Mar sunglasses, Momoi fishing line and a Tormenter lure kit.

In second place, the team representing the Presidential Challenge of Guatemala released a total of eight striped marlin and three sails to score 3,000 points. The team of Ebby Hall, Michael Huling and Gary Tarpley of Virginia and Michael Viveiros of North Carolina got off to a great start in the event, catching three sails and two marlin on Day One. They went scoreless on Day Two and caught two marlin on Day Three, but it was their Day Four performance that helped them move into second place overall.
With four marlin releases on the final day, the Presidential Challenge of Guatemala team jumped up the leaderboard and secured the runner-up spot. The second-place team didn't go home empty-handed. For their impressive performance, the team won Bodo Muche sculptures, giclee prints of the Guy Harvey piece Who's Next, Fin-Nor rod-and-reel combos, Reactor watches, Costa Del Mar sunglasses and Momoi fishing line.

The XLVI Torneio Annual de Peixes de Bico ICRJ-Brazil team caught four marlin on Day Two and kept on scoring fish for the final two days.

The team of Vicente Arruda, Gustavo Lima, Marco Antonio Oliveira Ribas, Chris Badsey and Jose Espinoza was in a tie for first place after Day Three, but their two billfish on the final day were not enough to keep them in the lead. They finished with 2,700 points and third place overall, just edging out the team from Trinidad and Tobago by one marlin release. Finishing in third, the team won Bodo Muche sculptures, giclee prints of Guy Harvey's Blue Tango, Fin-Nor rod-and-reel combos and Momoi fishing line.

Because of their great competitive spirit and sportsmanship, the IGFA Offshore World Championship decided to extend an invitation for the first and second runners-up to attend and fish in the 2010 event. The Presidential Challenge of Guatemala team and the XLVI Torneio Annual de Peixes de Bico ICRJ-Brazil are both being invited back to compete next year. The winning team, however, is extended a lifetime invitation to fish in the Offshore World Championship, perhaps the most coveted prize of all.

The team of Sean Mendonca, Derrick Tardieu, Mark Vilain and Clint Quong Sing of the International Marlin Madness Game Fish Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago did well on each day of the event, scoring three marlin on Day One, two on Day Two and two more on Day Three. But the team only released one marlin on the final day and slipped to fourth place overall.

Rounding out the top five spots was the International Governor's Cup Team. Anglers Jose Albanjo, Horace Barge, Alex Edwards, Steve Hewitt, Richard Mott and Mick Thompson didn't see a fish on the first two days of the tournament, but they made up for it on the final two days. The team caught three striped marlin and a 32-pound dorado on Day Three and released four more striped marlin on the final day to bring their total to 2,132 points.

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In Picture: Champ team member Oscar Daccarett

In doing so, the International Governor's Cup team edged out last year's champs by just three points. The 2008 IGFA Offshore World Championship team of Robert Collins, Kenny Longaker, Scott Salley, John Timura and Taylor Walsh finished with 2,129 points for seven marlin and a 29-pound dorado.

Hernando Gonzalez of the World Championship Billfish Release Tournament sailed away to a surmounting lead in the high-point-angler category with 3,900 points. The remaining individual angler spots, however, were extremely close. Jose Espinoza of the XLVI Torneio Annual de Peixes de Bico ICRJ-Brazil finished in second place with 1,800 points, followed by four anglers with 1,500 points each. Clint Quong Sing of the International Marlin Madness Game Fishing Tournament took third place. The top three anglers all took home handsome prize packages, including Bodo Muche sculptures, Reactor watches, Accurate reels, Guy Harvey artwork, Costa Del Mar sunglasses and Momoi fishing line.

Rounding out the top six angler positions were Jay Dowdy of the Bermuda Anglers Club International Light Tackle Tournament, Jorge Nunez of Bisbee's Black and Blue and Alex Edwards of the International Governor's Cup. All six of the top anglers won Bodo Muche sculptures, Guy Harvey art and fishing line from Momoi.

Capt. Ivan Gomez, who runs the 45-foot Cabo express Chaos, won the coveted top spot in the captain's division, tallying 11 striped marlin releases for 3,100 points. Gomez proudly took the stage at the awards ceremony and accepted his bounty of prizes, including a Reactor watch, a King Sailfish Mounts trophy, Guy Harvey artwork and Costa Del Mar sunglasses.

The second-place captain, Capt. Javier Bertini, released nine striped marlin on the 31 Bertram Rantin N Ravin to win a King Sailfish trophy, Guy Harvey artwork, Oakley sunglasses and Momoi fishing line. Capt. Ulises Cadena of Grey Light guided the winning team to eight releases on the final-day event, helping him win third place in the captain's standings with 2,400 points. Cadena also accepted a prize package including a King Sailfish trophy, Guy Harvey artwork, Oakley sunglasses and Momoi fishing line.

In the game-fish division, two 32-pound dorado sat neck and neck atop the leaderboard. Mick Thompson of the International Governor's Cup team caught his 32-pounder before Lucas Kilgore of the Cantina Cup International Gamefish Tournament caught his dorado.

So Thompson walked off with first place in the division, winning a King Sailfish trophy, Guy Harvey artwork, a Tormenter lure kit, Momoi fishing line and a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Kilgore also took home a King Sailfish Mounts trophy and a Tormenter lure kit. Scott O'Reilly of the GFA of Papua New Guinea National Titles landed a 31-pound dorado to finish in third place. O'Reilly also caught a 38-pound wahoo to win first place in the wahoo category. O'Reilly went home with two King Sailfish trophies as well as Guy Harvey artwork, a Tormenter wahoo lure kit, Momoi fishing line and Oakley sunglasses. Robert Mayor of the Marlin Masters Tournament brought in a 25-pound wahoo to take second place, winning a King Sailfish trophy and Tormenter lure kit.

In all, it was an extremely successful event with teams from nearly 20 countries around the world fishing together in the incredible setting that is Baja California Sur. The 42 teams in the 10th annual IGFA Offshore World Championship released 53 marlin and one sail on the final day of fishing, bringing the four-day total to 199 billfish overall.

Special events included a festive kickoff party, IGFA silent auction nights, a casting competition sponsored by Oakley, a roosterfish tournament, a snorkel cruise and awards party second to none. Anglers casted to targets during the kickoff party, with the winners walking away with great prizes including Oakley sunglasses and Accurate rod-and-reel combos.

Angler Steve Levi from the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club took top honors. Oakley also sponsored the noonday report, with four lucky anglers winning a random draw for some great shades. In the roosterfish competition, the largest roosterfish went to Eddy Thompson of the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club who caught a 37-inch fish. Thompson went home with a beautiful King Sailfish Mounts roosterfish trophy and Oakley sunglasses. In the most roosterfish release category, Anne Horton of the Int. Roosterfish Tournament in Mexico won with 15 releases. Horton also received a King Sailfish Mounts roosterfish trophy and Oakley sunglasses.

The IGFA Offshore World Championship is all about sportsmanship, and with that in mind, one team also took home a newly added Sportsmanship Award. The Salmon Masters Team from Canada, including George and Lisa Cuthbert, Nadine and Christine Baere and Ted Otness, won King Sailfish marlin plaques, earrings from Vanmark Jewelry and Oakley sunglasses for their honesty and good sportsmanship.

The tournament is a 30-pound-test event, but the Salmon Masters team accidentally caught a doubleheader of marlin on line over 30-pound-test. Rather than try to sneak it by the committee, the team disqualified their catch themselves. This act is a testament to the fine anglers who compete in this prestigious event.

The IGFA Offshore World Championship represents the largest international field of competitors in the world of offshore sport fishing. The 42 teams participating in the event represent 19 countries around the globe, including Australia, Tonga, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, the United States and more. With such a wide international field of competitors, the Offshore World Championship has earned the title of the "Olympics of Offshore Fishing."

 

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Several Teams Close in on the IGFA Offshore World Championship Title

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — After three days of fishing, the leader board of the 10th annual IGFA Offshore World Championship remained extremely close as several teams sat within striking distance of becoming the next Offshore World Champs. The team of Sean Mendonca, Derrick Tardieu, Mark Vilain and Clint Quong Sing of the International Marlin Madness Game Fish Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago continued to plug away at the fish, scoring two more releases on Day Three to bring their total to seven billfish releases after three days of fishing worth 2,100 points. Their score placed them in a tie for the lead with the XLVI Torneio Annual de Peixes de Bico ICRJ-Brazi team which also enjoyed fantastic billfish action and scored 2,100 points of its own. The team of Vicente Arruda, Gustavo Lima, Marco Antonio Oliveira Ribas, Chris Badsey and Jose Espinoza made its move up the leader board scoring two releases on Day One, four on Day Two and an additional billfish on Day Three to sit in a tie for first place. The stage was set for a dramatic last day of fishing.

           Four teams were tied with 1,800 points after Day Three, just one fish away from the leaders. The teams representing Bisbees Black and Blue Marlin Tournament, the Presidential Challenge of Guatemala, the 2008 IGFA Offshore World Champions and the World Championship Billfish Release Tournament had each caught five billfish to close the gap on the leaders. The bite had slowed down a bit on Day Three making each release even more important. Any missed opportunities or lost fish could really hurt a team’s hopes of overtaking the leaders on the fourth and final day of fishing.

           Going into the last day of fishing Hernando Gonzalez sat in first place in the angler division with six releases worth 1,800 points. Fishing with the team from the World Championship Billfish Release Tournament, Gonzalez caught two marlin on Day One, two more on Day Two and an additional two on Day Three for the top angler spot. Jose Espinoza of the XLVI Torneio Annual de Peixes de Bico ICRJ-Brazil and Clint Quong Sing of the International Marlin Madness Game Fish Tournament were tied with five releases each worth 1,500 points.

           The fleet released 41 marlin and one sailfish on Day Three, bringing the three-day total to 143 billfish overall. The game fish division also some saw action on Day Three with two teams weighing in 32-pound dorado. These game fish points will definitely come in handy going into the final day’s fishing with such a close leader board.

           The IGFA Offshore World Championship represents the largest international field of competitors in the world of offshore sport fishing. The 43 teams participating in the event represent 19 countries around the globe including Australia, Tonga, Italy, Brazil and more. With such a wide international field of competitors, the Offshore World Championship has earned the title of the “Olympics” of offshore fishing.

           For the first time in the history of the IGFA Offshore World Championship, the scoring is broadcast live online. Follow all of the action by visiting www.igfaowc.com and clicking on “real-time tournament updates.” Each catch is posted online immediately after the release so viewers can keep up to date on all the action

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 Brazil Takes the Lead on Day Two of the IGFA Offshore World Championship

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — The team representing the XLVI Torneio Annual de Peixes de Bico of Brazil moved into the lead on Day Two of the 10th annual IGFA Offshore World Championship. The Brazilians, represented by Vicente Arruda, Gustavo Lima, Marco Antonio Oliveira Ribas and Chris Badsey scored four marlin releases on the day to bring their overall score to 1,800 points, enough to claim the lead going into Day Three of the event. And the new leaders weren’t the only Brazilians making waves in the tournament.

           At the end of Day Two, four teams sat tied with 1,500 points. The winners of the 2008 IGFA Offshore World Championship fell to second place since they were not able to put up any points on the day. Anglers Robert Collins, John Timura, Kenny Longaker, Scott Salley and Taylor Walsh released five striped marlin on Day One to score 1,500 points, enough to hold onto the second-place spot. However, three other teams were closing the gap and within close contention for the overall title.

           The Bisbee Black and Blue team, including Doug Dunham, George Merziotis, Ricardo Orozco, Ken Dunham and Jorge Nunez added 900 points to their Day One score to move into third place with a total of 1,500 points. In fourth, also with 1,500 points was the 40th Torneio de Pesca Costeria thanks to four releases on the day worth 1,200 points. The Brazilian team of Evandro Soares, Nilo Cottini Filho, Nilo Cottini Neto, Gustavo Pustiglione Santos and Walter Muller Filho had an epic day and helped the Brazilian contingency take up a nice chunk of real estate on the leader board. Rounding out the top five were the anglers from Trinidad and Tobago. Sean Mendonca, Derrick Tardieu, Mark Vilain and Clint Quong Sing of the International Marlin Madness Game Fish Tournament scored two marlin releases on Day Two to bring their point total to 1,500.

           Another Brazilian team, the Torneio De Marlin Azuo do Rio De Janeiro finished the day with 1,300 points as did the Bermuda Anglers Club International Light Tackle Tournament. With so many teams tied at the top of the leader board, the results of Day Three could really shake up the standings. A single fish might prove to be the deciding factor in who becomes the next Offshore World Champion.

           The fleet released 50 marlin on Day Two, bringing the two-day total to 102 billfish overall. The IGFA Offshore World Championship represents the largest international field of competitors in the world of offshore sport fishing. The 43 teams participating in the event represent 19 countries. With such a wide international field of competitors, the Offshore World Championship has earned the title of the “Olympics” of offshore fishing.

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Returning Champs Jump to the Lead on Day One of the IGFA Offshore World Championship

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — The winners of the 2008 IGFA Offshore World Championship jumped to the lead on Day One of the 2009, 10th anniversary edition of the tournament hoping for back-to-back titles in the highly coveted event. The striped marlin action kicked into high gear and the 2008 champions, including Robert Collins, John Timura, Kenny Longaker, Scott Salley and Taylor Walsh released five striped marlin on the day to move to the top of the leader board. With the marlin bite just a few miles off shore of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the 43 teams in the event released more than 70 billfish on the day.

           Salley and Walsh both released two marlin for their team while Longaker released one to help the returning champions take the lead. Following behind the 2008 champs in a close second place for the day was the team representing the Presidential Challenge of Guatemala. Team members Ebby Hall, Gary Tarpley, Michael Huling and Michael Viveiros caught three sailfish and two marlin on the day to score 1,200 points and secure second place. The team found a concentration of sailfish just after 10 a.m. and all of their sailfish were caught within 10 minutes of each other. The bite kept them busy, but they weren’t alone.

           Sitting in third place at the end of Day One was Sean Mendonca, Derrick Tardieu, Mark Vilain and Clint Quong Sing, of the International Marlin Madness Game Fish Tournament of Trinidad and Tobago. Sean Mendonca caught an 800-plus-pound blue marlin off the waters of Trinidad and Tobago in 2008 to set a new junior world record in the event, and brought his good luck to Cabo as his team released three marlin for third place on the day.

           Rounding out the top five spots for the opening day action of the IGFA Offshore World Championship were the Bermuda Anglers Club International Light Tackle Tournament and the Torneio De Marlin Azul de Rio De Janeiro, both with 700 points respectively.

           The bite continued to rage as teams prepared for Day Two and all teams were still in the hunt for the title of world champions. The all-release billfish tournament represents the largest international field of competitors in the world of offshore sport fishing. To qualify for the Offshore World Championship teams must first win one of 120 qualifying tournaments held around the globe. With such a wide international field of competitors, the Offshore World Championship has earned the title of the “Olympics” of offshore fishing.

           For the first time in the history of the IGFA Offshore World Championship, the scoring is broadcast live online. Follow all of the action by visiting www.igfaowc.com and clicking on “live scoring.” Each catch is posted online immediately after release so viewers can keep up to date on all the action.

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10th Annual IGFA Offshore World Championship Officially Underway

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — The 10th anniversary edition of the IGFA Offshore World Championship kicked off in beautiful Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with 43 teams from 19 countries hoping to claim the coveted title of World Champions.

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Digital photographs or video for verification of all billfish releases:

The IGFA Offshore World Championship will require digital photographs or video for verification of all billfish releases. Please bring all your cameras, accessories, connectors, new batteries and owner's manual to the registration check-in Nov 8.

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Circle-Hook Requirement Should Reduce Release Mortality for Cabo Billfish

The IGFA Offshore World Championship will require digital photographs or video for verification of all billfish releases. Please bring all your cameras, accessories, connectors, new batteries and owner's manual to the registration check-in Nov 8. Please read the owner's manual and make sure you understand how to set the time and date and operate your cameras prior to arriving in Cabo. It is much easier to get the release images with a video camera.

On Nov. 8, we would like you to bring all your release cameras, accessories and connectors to the registration check-in table. We will record the models, make notes of the connecting cables and offer assistance. Your team will be required to take a picture or video of your boat each day prior to going fishing. During the tournament fishing days, please make sure you have all the accessories and connectors with the camera when you come to the release-photo check-in area. Some of the footage and pictures will be used in our awards banquet slide show and video, so make sure to let us know about any great action shots or fun photos of the team.

We look forward to seeing you in Cabo.

All the best,
Dan Jacobs

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IGFA Offshore World Championship Sponsors

If you would like to become an IGFA Offshore World Championship Sponsor, please contact Dan Jacobs, (407) 571-4680.

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IGFA Offshore World Championship 2009

IGFA Offshore World Championship scheduled for May 10-15, 2009, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

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IGFA Billfish Campaign

IGFA has announced a Billfish Campaign. IGFA along with several other organizations will be using this information to mount an aggressive campaign to ban the sale and importation of billfish in the United States.

 



 

TEAMS

 

 
Marlin Masters - Mauritius

Mauritius

Paul Blanksby, Eric Blanksby, David Critchley, Robert Mayor
 
Team XII Torneio de Marlin Azul od Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

Brazil

Flavio Reis, Alcebiades Garcia, Luiz Soares, Vinicius G. Garcia
 
Cayman Islands International Fishing Tournament Cayman Islands Al Parsons, Chris Briggs, Des Ebanks, Garfield Evers, Shane Farris
 
28th International Marlin Madness Game Fish Tournament Trinidad & Tobago Sean Mendonca, Derrick Tardieu,Clint Quong Sing and Mark Vilain
 
Jeff Alexander Memorial Tournament USA Tim Magee, David Reeves, Geoffrey Lockley, David Estas, Mike Parks
 
The International Governor\'s Cup Mexico Alex Edwards, Richard Mott, Derek Rothwell, Jon Strine, Dave Trimble, Horace Barge
 
Porto Rotondo Italy Max Molinari, Antonio Orsero, Sara Valle, Massimo Blengino
 
40th Torneio de Pesca Costeira Brazil Evandro Soares, Nilo Cottini Filho, Nilo Cottini Neto, Gustavo Santos, Walter Muller Filho
 
Harbourside Marina Tuna Classic Bahamas Joshua Pinder, Ron Beauregard, Dion Robson, David Higgs
 
Torneio Aniversario do Clube Naval de Luanda Angola Iain Nicolson, Cam Nicolson, Bret Tarpley, Steve Halford
 
Blue Marlin Classic Australia Ian Minchin, Keith Orchard, Peter Van-Der-Merwe, Mervyn Olsen
 
MBGFC Labor Day Tournament USA Gordon Gill, Steve Levi, Clay Dubuisson, Devin Rigsby, Tom Pace
 
International Roosterfish Tournament Mexico Rodger Comstock, Don Schumacher, Rocky Franich, Ron Horton
 
Trofeo Boat & Fishing Tournament Italy Domenico Scopelliti, Maurizio Primavera, Paolo Viscogliosi, Sandro Onofaro
 
Bermuda Anglers Club International Light Tackle Tournament Bermuda Wayne B. Booth, Jay Dowdy, Peter Rose, Danny Moon
 
La Sfida Trofeo M. de Nardis Italy Sergio De Tommasis, Claudio Camera Roda, and Enes Baschieri
 
6th Annual Salmon Masters Tournament Canada Donald R. Rychlik, Ted Otness, Nadine De Baere, Christine De Baere
 
World Championship Billfish Release Tournament Mexico Drew Andrews, Villanicencio, Hernando Villanicencio, Arturo Montelongo, Oscar Daccarett
 
Torneo Tropic Star 2008 Panama Ernesto Lewis, Roberto Lewis, Benji Boyd, Benji Body, Jr.
 
1 Campeonato International de Pesca Grossa de Albufeira Portugal Brent R. Arnold, Paul Nicholson, Peter Brighton, Steven Kershaw, Martin Edwards
 
Bisbee's Black & Blue Marlin Jackpot Tournament Mexico Ken Dunham, Doug Dunham, Jimmy Kossert, George Merziotis, Carlos Vasquez, Jorge Munoz
 
Nova Scotia International Tuna Tournament Canada Peter Swim, Evan Swim, Grant Morton, Jonathan Shafmaster
 
Presidential Challenge El Salvador El Salvador Jimmy Taylor, Joan Vernon, Jim Odonnell, Richard Dobbs, Joan Vernon
 
Sonny Johnson Memorial Tournament U.S.A. James E. Marlowe, Rimmer Covington, Ryan Easterling, Cahill Marlowe and Scott Sullivan
 
Cantina Cup International Gamefish Tournament Mexico Randall Kilgore, Ray Kilgore, Luke Kilgore and Mike Kilgore
 
21st Annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament U.S.A. Lance Crampton, Paul Crampton, Jr., Joe Burger, Jake Burger
 
Sicily Big Game Fishing Cup Italy Massimo Canale, Pietro Canale, Indrit Serjani
 
Texas Women Anglers Tournament U.S.A. Ron Moser, Veta Skogland, John Skogland, Marlive Fitzpatrick, Michael Fitzpatrick, Virginia Moser
 
Tonga International Billfish Tournament Tonga Martin Askes, Owen Reynolds, Rodney Howard, Steve Campbell, Gary Krom
 
VI Desafio Mediterraneo 2008 Spain Octavi Font Prat, Sergi Font Risquez, Clirent Pont Noguer, Jacint Berta Cabrelles
 
GFA of PNG National Titles Papua New Guinea Scott O'Reilly, Matthew Tybell, Steve Lindeman, John Scallan, Noel Edwards
 
Presidential Challenge Guatemala Michael J. Viveiros, Gary Tarpley, Michael, Huling, Ebby Hall, Gary Tarpley, Michael Huling, Ebby Hall
 
Bisbee's Los Cabos Offshore Tournament Mexico Don Fleming, Luis Zumaeta, James Coleman, Richie Davis and Mike Barraz
 
Rolex/IGFA Offshore World Championship 2003 U.S.A. Buddy Sowers, Danny Fox, Bobby Rego
 
Miami Swordfish Tournament U.S.A. Stephen Orton, Randy Towe, Garry Newgent, Ken Stevens, Clifford Brown, Don McEachin
 
IGFA Offshore World Champions 2008 U.S.A. Robert Collins, Scott Salley, John Timura, Kenny Longaker, Taylor Walsh
 
Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic U.S.A. Fred E. Tolbert III, George Kendrick, Mohanned Malos
 
TAA-2008 Eastcape Billfish Tournament Mexico Paul Steigerwald, Alan Molle, Jack Richardson, Neal McNamara
 
14th Annual Top Gun Marlin & Tuna Shootout U.S.A. Newton S. Johnson, Chris Clark, Robert Leblanc, John Trotto, Dennis Goguen
 
TAA-2008 Ixtapa Sailfish Tournament Mexico Michael Leech, Dale Miles, Steven Davis, Vincent Molle
 
Torneio Comemoracoes do Dia de Portugal Angola Joao Ribeiro, Jorge Bastds, Carlos Louro, Rui Cruz, Ines Bastds
 
Trofeo Circolo Nautico Bembenedettese Italy

Giuseppe Mobiliomi, Marco Giordani, Giulio Urbani, Marco Ciarrocchi

 
Marina Rubicon Marlin Cup 2008 Spain Inaki Carranza Juaristi, Antonia Lucia Brito, Pablo Carranza Brito, Izaskun
 
II Big Game De Aniversario Do C.N.I.L. Angola Knut K. Andersson, Rogerio Mauricio Da Silva Matos, Nuno Alexandre Da Silva, Pereira, Jose Manuel Figugiredo Cardoso, Antonio Jose Nabais Nunes
 
XLVI Torneio Annual de Peixes de Bico ICRJ-Brazil

Brazil

Marco Antonio Oliveira Ribas, Vicente Arruda, Chris Badsey, Gustavo Lima
 
Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament U.S.A.

Bob Dudley, Chuck Salinger, Bob Ferguson, Dick Landfield

 
Campeonato de Pesca OPEN

Brazil

Fernando da Costa Garcia, Jayme da Costa Garcia, Vicenzo Digenaro, Paulo Andrade
 
1 Campeonato International de Pesca Grossa de Albufeira Portugal Paul Nicholson, Peter Brighton, Steven Kershaw, Martin Edwards
 
Caicos Classic

Turks & Caicos

Arlington (Chuck) Musgrove, Chad Stubbs, Albert Williams, Jed Bain

 



 

IGFA 2008 Championship

 

The Ninth annual IGFA Offshore World Championship attracts 63 teams, 27 countries from six continents in Cabo for prestigious catch-and-release tournament.

CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico Sixty-three boats with teams of anglers are set to blast away from the mouth of the Cabo San Lucas harbour early Monday morning signifying the start of the four-day IGFA Offshore World Championship, throughout the week of May 11 – 16. 

“We have representation of teams from 27 countries on six continents,” said tournament director Mike Myatt as he and Alberto Trevino the Secretaria de Turismo de Baja California Sur, welcomed the international anglers to the premier fishing location. Considered the most prestigious catch-and-release billfishing tournament in the world, the event also draws the single largest contingent of international teams ever to compete in a fishing competition.

Countries and territories represented include teams from Angola, Australia, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Grenada, Guatemala, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Spain, Sultanate of Oman, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, the United States, Vanuatu and Venezuela. Many of the teams in the ninth annual tournament will be represented by anglers from a number of additional countries.

The U.S. has 14 teams signed on. Both Mexico and Brazil are represented by five teams each; Italy and Angola each have four.


At a kickoff party Sunday at the Hotel Finisterra, each team participated in a drawing for their four different boats --- ones they hope will guide them daily to multiple bill fish releases. All of the boats are captained by local Cabo guides.

Partners and sponsors for the IGFA Offshore World Championship are Secretaria de Turismo de Baja California Sur, Costa Del Mar, Hotel Finisterra, Guy Harvey Inc., Shimano, Picante Sport Fishing and Yacht Sales, Cabo Yachts, K D & G Sea Life Masterpieces, Hook & Tackle, Momoi Hi-Catch, Murray Products, AFTCO BlueWater, Bodo Muche, Minerva’s Baja Tackle, Señor Greenberg’s, IWS Scales, King Sailfish Mounts, Pompanette, Pisces Sportfishing, Corona and Modelo S.A DE C.V. Mexico, Don Tyson, Trans Cabo, Eagle Claw, MoldCraft Products, Inc. and API Dock. 

 

 

 

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Striper Frenzy in Cabo True World Championship IGFA 2008 Championship

While stuck in the middle of a relatively slow blue marlin season in St. Thomas, my boss and I sat down to try and decide on our next fishing destination.

A history of the IGFA by Capt. Peter B. Wright as originally featured in Marlin Magazine

The 2008 IGFA Offshore World Championship was held May 11 – 16 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The ninth annual event was sponsored in part by the Secretaria de Turismo de Baja California Sur.

 

 

IGFA Partners with Bonnier Marine Group to Produce Offshore World Championship

February 2008 Pete Johnson - Johnson Communications, Inc. | http://www.banderasnews.com

For the seventh straight year, Cabo San Lucas has been chosen as the location for the 2008 IGFA Offshore World Championship, which will take place off the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja peninsula from May 11th–16th, 2008.
 
Long hailed as the "Olympics" of offshore fishing, the International Game Fish Association's Offshore World Championship stands to grow even larger, thanks to a recently announced partnership with the Bonnier Marine Group.
 
The championship, which began in 2000, has grown into the sport's premiere offshore fishing series. To be invited to this prestigious event, teams must win one of the many qualifying tournaments located around the world.
 
"The Offshore World Championship has representatives from more countries than any other fishing tournament in the world," says IGFA President Rob Kramer. "We have 130 qualifying tournaments from 38 different countries this year."
 
Bonnier will take on the management side of the championship starting with the 2009 event. The IGFA will remain the championship's sole nonprofit benefactor. A fundraiser and auction for the IGFA will be held at the championship and Bonnier will make a charitable donation to the IGFA following each year's event. The championship will continue to use the first-class amenities and boats of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, as its host location.
 
Bonnier, publisher of recreational boating and fishing's most respected and well-known titles such as Marlin, Sport Fishing and Salt Water Sportsman, currently produces fishing tournaments in Bermuda, Mexico and the U.S. Bonnier will support the championship by providing advertising space in its magazines, creating a dedicated World Offshore Championship website and televising the championship on its Sport Fishing Magazine TV show aired on Versus.
 
"I am very excited about the opportunity to continue this incredible event and grow the number of qualifying events and championship participation to all-time highs," says Dan Jacobs, who will take on the role of tournament director and event producer. "I am also very focused on helping the IGFA grow as an organization by connecting them to our many readers and viewers worldwide."
 
The championship continues to grow each year, and the IGFA is looking forward to continuing that momentum through the new partnership with Bonnier. "We're excited about partnering the world's largest international billfish championship series with the marine industry's largest publishing company," Kramer says. "Bonnier knows the drill and what it takes to put on a quality tournament. And, with their staple of fishing and boating magazines, we're primed to grow the event to an even larger audience."
 
The IGFA says the new partnership will allow the organization to concentrate on its core programs, namely conservation and angler education.
 
"The tournament has served as a means for us to get out information on the IGFA rules, ethics and conservation philosophies," Kramer says. "All of the various forms of media that Bonnier brings to the table will do nothing but augment the program we already have."
 
IGFA staff will provide information about angling rules, conservation programs and check tackle on site at the championship. This way, anglers can learn the benefits of marine conservation and bring those messages back to their home waters.
 
"This tournament, with its all-release format using non-offset circle hooks, is a conservation tool itself," Kramer says. "Many anglers coming to the event have not fished an all-release tournament. We show them how it can be done and they can export what they've learned back to their home countries."
 
There are currently 66 teams signed up for the 2008 event, scheduled to be held in Cabo San Lucas from May 11th–16th, 2008 - and that number continues to rise.
 
"We have ultimately created a win-win situation for the IGFA, the Bonnier Marine Group and the qualifying tournaments and participants," Jacobs says. "Personally it is a great honor to be the new steward of the IGFA Offshore World Championship, and I look forward to the challenge."
 
To find out more about registering a tournament as a qualifier, contact Lynda Wilson at Lynda.Wilson(at)Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4517. For sponsorship information contact Dan Jacobs at Dan.Jacobs(at)Bonniercorp.com or call 407-571-4680.
 
Founded in 1939, the IGFA is a not-for-profit organization committed to the conservation of game fish and promotion of responsible, ethical angling practices through science, education, rule making and record keeping. IGFA members are located in over 125 countries and territories. The IGFA welcomes visitors to its 60,000-square-foot interactive Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Dania Beach, Florida. For more information, visit the IGFA website at igfa.org.
 

 


 

2008 IGFA Offshore World Championship

The 2008 IGFA Offshore World Championship was held May 11 – 16 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The ninth annual event was sponsored in part by the Secretaria de Turismo de Baja California Sur, and hosted 63 teams of competitors from 27 nations on six continents, the single largest contingent of international teams to compete in a fishing competition. Each team was invited by winning one of 130 qualifying tournaments held around the world in 2007.

This year’s champions represented the Outdoor Channel Offshore Classic. Captained by Taylor Walsh of Islamorada, FL, the team consisted of Robert Collins, Islamorada, FL, John Timura, Islamorada, FL, Scott Salley, Naples, FL and Ken Longaker, Seattle, WA. They held the same position - fourth place - the first three days of the tournament, but the steady fishing of the team members paid off in the end as they captured the title in theIGFA Offshore World Championship. Despite a “slow bite” for most of the 63 teams of anglers in the fourth and final day, the winning team released two marlin and a dorado as a weight fish, totaling enough points to win.           

Collins said the team, which has fished numerous times together, had two practice days in Cabo, enough time to put the mistakes behind them. “We fished nearly perfect for the conditions presented to us,” said Collins.

The Outdoor Channel Offshore Classic team had an unbroken chain of days in scoring: Day 1 with three marlin – 900 points; Day 2 with four marlin and a sailfish - 1300 points; Day 3 with four marlin -1200 points and the final day with two marlin and a 25 lb 6 oz dorado for a weight fish as insurance of 625.6 points for a four-day total of 4025.6 points.
            
“We just fished steady,” said Collins. “Every one of the team members gets along great and that’s part of the success; our personalities are pretty much easy going. In general we all have great karma,” he laughed.
            
Collins, who has Florida homes in both Islamorada and Naples, is also a two time winner of the IGFA Inshore World Championship, an annual event held over three days in July to test the best in fly and light tackle fishing for five species in the Florida Keys.

Coming in second with 3900 points were Day 3 leaders from the 9th Intl’ Big-Game Fishing Tournament in Jezera, Croatia. The team members were Dario Marijan, Davor Pliso, Jakov Begovic and Vinko Radetic. They had 10 releases on Day 3 but came in with none on the last day of fishing.

Finishing third, also with 3900 points based on the last fish caught first, was the team representing the YCSS-IMD Fishing Tournament from Santo Stefano, Italy. Team members Stefano Desideri, Paulo Viscogliosi, Domenico Scopelliti and Sandro Onofaro fished steadily, gathering 1200 points on the final day of fishing.

The fourth and fifth place finishers, who had been among the top teams on the leader board, also blanked on the final day. Both the team from Mooloolaba, Australia representing the Springwood Marine Sailfish Shootout, and Italy’s San Benedetto del Tronto representing their win in the La Sfida Trofeo M. De Nardis scored 3700 points, with the Australian’s winning on time.

Sixth place went to the team from the Los Sueños Signature Billfish Series II with 3644.7 points. Seventh place was the team from the Miami Swordfish Tournament with 3634.6 points. Eighth place went to the Lazarote, Spain team representing the Marina Rubicón Marlin Cup 2007 with 3358.3 points. The team from the Sultanate of Oman, representing the Sinbad Classic in Muscat had 3000 points and ninth place and the San Benedetto de Tronto, Italy team from the Trofeo C.N. Sambenedettese tournament rounded out the top ten with 2727.6 points.

IGFA Offshore World Championship tournament director Mike Myatt said, “Cabo San Lucas has the greatest striped marlin fishery in the world. We're thrilled with the numbers and we had a great dorado bite. These fish put our champion anglers to the test and the winners are truly world champions.”

The Outdoor Channel Offshore Classic team won engraved Rolex watches and bronze marlin trophies by world-renowned Australian Sculptor, Bodo Muche.

Day three leading boat captain Julio Gonzales on the Bill Collector of the Pisces Fleet held on to win with a total of 4900 combined points of the four teams he guided. He had skippered the Mooloolaba, Australia team to 3400 points on Day 3 and added another 600 points on Thursday to his tally.  Victor Sandes on the Dream finished second with 4500 points, catching his last fish first by just three minutes over fellow Picante fleet captain David Lieras who ended in third place.

 

The top male angler of the tournament with 3000 points was Dario Marijan on the Croatia team based on time of his last catch caught first.  Also with 3000 points was Italy’s Paulo Viscogliosi from the YCSS-IMD Fishing Tournament. He added 900 points to his total in the final round.  Randy Towe of the Miami Swordfish team finished third with 2700 points. 
            
Leading the women was Joan Vandergriff of the IWFA Billfish Tournament team with 1200 points.  In second place and with the largest weight fish in the tournament, a 54.3 lb tuna, was Julia Campbell of the Los Cabos Billfish Tournament with 654.3 points. Third place female angler went to Betsy Bullard on the Costa Rica, Stu Apte Fly Fishing for Sailfish Tournament with 600 points.

Countries and territories represented included teams from Angola, Australia, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Grenada, Guatemala, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Portugal, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, Spain, Sultanate of Oman, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, the United States, Vanuatu and Venezuela. Many of the teams in the ninth annual tournament were represented by anglers from a number of additional countries.

It was the seventh year Cabo San Lucas was the location for this prestigious event. The teams drew for different boats each day from the local guided Cabo fleet. They fished for three species of marlin (blue, black and striped) and swordfish for 300 points each, along with sailfish and spearfish for 100 points each. The catches were scored and released alive at the boat in accordance with the IGFA tournament rules. Only non-offset circle hooks were allowed in the tournament. IGFA Observers rotated on the top 15 boats.

The teams also received “weight” points for tuna, wahoo and dorado, up to two fish per species per day above the minimum size limit of 25 lb. Local charities received the donations of all fish weighed at the Cabo docks. All anglers used 30 lb Momoi Hi Vis IGFA line.

Partners and sponsors for the IGFA Offshore World Championship are Secretaria de Turismo de Baja California Sur, Costa Del Mar, Hotel Finisterra, Guy Harvey Inc., Shimano,  Picante Sport Fishing and Yacht Sales, Cabo Yachts, K D & G Sea Life Masterpieces, Hook & Tackle, Momoi Hi-Catch, Murray Products, AFTCO Bluewater, Bodo Muche, Minerva’s Baja Tackle, Señor Greenberg’s, IWS Scales, King Sailfish Mounts, Pompanette, Pisces Sportfishing, Corona and Modelo S.A DE C.V. Mexico, Don Tyson, Trans Cabo Group, Eagle Claw, MoldCraft Products, Inc. and API Dock. 

 


 

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